N05255 DAMP AUTUMN 1941
Inscr. ‘Hitchens’ b.l.
Canvas, 16×29 1/4 (41×74); the painted canvas is turned in 1 in. above and below and 1/2 in. on right. The size given is that of the stretcher.
Purchased from the Leicester Galleries (Knapping Fund) 1941.
Exh: New Year Exhibition of Contemporary British Artists, Leicester Galleries, January 1941 (82).
Repr: Mervyn Levy, Painting for All, 1958, facing p.16 (in colour); Painter and Sculptor, 11, No.3, 1959, p.6.
Painted in 1941 at Lavington Common, where the artist has lived since 1940. He wrote (23 November 1957): ‘Whereas in the Shropshire days the romantic element of place was paramount - the more settled life with permanent roots in this soil, has led to a deeper search for the more abstract elements of a given subject which I may paint from continuously many times over. The earlier period is of course represented by “Damp autumn”.... Tho born in London, at a very early age I went to live among the silver birches and bracken and heather of Surrey, so that this area of Sussex has seemed homelike and familiar from the start.’ See also N04923.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I